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April 02, 2011

G650 Test Aircraft Down In NM

Four Killed In Takeoff Accident Involving Test Aircraft

ANN is monitoring reports of the loss of a Gulfstream G650 test aircraft in what appears to have been a takeoff accident. The four people listed as being onboard were reportedly killed in an accident that took place at approximately 0930 MT, in Roswell, NM.

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House Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill

Conference Committee Must Try Again To Resolve Differences Between House And Senate Versions

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 658, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2011 Friday morning. The legislative process now moves to conference to resolve differences between H.R. 658 and S. 223, the U.S. Senate's FAA reauthorization bill.

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New Aircraft Battery Parasitic Load Tester Introduced

Concorde Device Mates With MS3509 Receptacle

Concorde Battery Corporation has released a new Parasitic Load Tester (PLT) to measure the parasitic load / drain on aircraft batteries when the master switch is off and the aircraft is inactive. The tester is designed to mate with a MS3509 style quick disconnect receptacle.

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Boeing, Airbus Each Claim Victory As WTO Makes Report Public

Each Says The Other Benefited From Illegal Subsidies

The official release of the World Trade Organization ruling concerning alleged illegal subsidies to the world's two largest planemakers seems to have done little to clarify the situation, as both Boeing and Airbus claim the ruling supports their position.

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Klyde Morris (04.01.11)

Klyde Has Some Fun With DoT's Knee-Jerks FMI:

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JetNet Releases February 2011 Pre-Owned Market Information

Sales Data For Business Jet, Business Turboprop Aircraft, Helicopters

February sales trends for pre-owned business jet, business turboprop, and helicopter markets have been released by JetNet, a corporate aviation information service.

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Florida Legislature Eyes GA Aircraft Maintenance Tax Exemption

Would Lower Weight Qualification For Exemption To 2,000 Pounds

After the repeal last year of Florida's use tax for visiting out-of-state aircraft, the state legislature is considering a bill to expand the sales-tax exemption on aircraft parts and maintenance labor to boost the state's once lucrative aircraft servicing industry.

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New Aircraft Added To The American Legend Two-Place Lineup

New Engine, Other Enhancements Included In The Super Legend

There's been another addition to the lineup of Legend Cub 2-place sport aircraft. American Legend Aircraft Company said Thursday they are introducing Super Legend, sporting the Lycoming 233 Series lightweight engine as well as other performance enhancements.

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NBAA's Comments Point To Host Of Flaws In FAA's BARR Proposal

Association Calls On Agency To Withdraw Its Plans

In comments submitted to the federal government Thursday, the NBAA outlined a number of serious concerns raised by the FAA's plan to severely limit the ability of companies using general aviation airplanes to opt-out of having their movements published by flight-tracking services.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.02.11)

"This WTO ruling shatters the convenient myth that European governments must illegally subsidize Airbus to counter U.S. government assistance to Boeing." ... "Boeing has received and continues to receive subsidies which have a significantly greater distortive effect than the Reimbursable Loans to Airbus."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.02.11): Parallel ILS Approaches

Approaches to parallel runways by IFR aircraft which, when established inbound toward the airport on the adjacent final approach courses, are radar-separated by at least 2 miles.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.02.11)

The Custer Channelwing

Short-field takeoff and landing was the objective a quarter-century ago. The innovative solution, developed by Willard Custer of Hagerstown, Maryland, was the channel wing, the technique of placing a pusher prop in a semiducted flying surface.

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